'Fast Five' Poised to Deliver Year's Biggest Opening

"Fast Five"
"Fast Five"
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"Prom" and "Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil" also are among the movies opening this weekend.

Also opening domestically is Prom, the first film greenlighted by Disney Studios chairman Rich Ross to hit theaters. The teen romantic comedy, made for a modest $8 million, targets girls ages 8 to 13, since the film's PG rating might be a turn-off for older teen girls.

Disney is hoping for an opening in the $7 million to $9 million range. Prom goes out in 2,730 locations.

Directed by Joe Nussbaum, Prom's cast includes Aimee Teegarden, Nicholas Braun, Danielle Campbell, Cameron Monaghan and Christine Elise McCarthy.

The Weinstein Co. will try to grab even younger kids with 3D toon Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil.

Like Prom, Hoodwinked is expected to gross in the $7 million to $9 million range, helped by higher-priced 3D tickets. The pic goes out in 2,505 theaters, 75% of which are 3D.

Hoodwinked faces tough competition in Fox's box office hit Rio, which should stay high up on the chart in its third weekend. Universal's family film Hop also remains a contender.

The Weinstein Co. believes there is enough room in the marketplace for all three family films, but Hoodwinked Too! will have a hard time matching the $12.4 million opening of the first Hoodwinked.

Hoodwinked Too! is a co-production with Maurice Kanbar's Kanbar Entertainment (Kanbar created SKYY Vodka). Insiders say Kanbar put up much of the financing for the $30 million film.

Also this weekend, Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing is opening supernatural action pic Dylan Dog: Dead at Night, starring Brandon Routh, in 862 theaters.

At the specialty box office, IFC opens Werner Herzog's 3D documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams in five theaters, including in New York and Los Angeles.

Overseas, Fast Five expands into additional markets, but Thor will have the biggest footprint as it opens in most of the world a week ahead of its domestic bow. Paramount wants to take advantage of May Day, a significant holiday internationally.

Email: Pamela.McClintock@thr.com

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